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Deploying Win7 image to an unformatted hard drive

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Are you talking about unattended build or an attended one?


If attended just hit F8 once your PE has loaded up and DISKPART the drive before selecting the TS as at this stage it runs from a RAMdrive.


You can script and package the DISKPART command and instruct your boot image to run this prior to applying the TS.


This help? Same issue arises on a bitlockered / encrypted HDD when rebuilding machines...

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Well if it is a brand new HD you can take it that it is unknown to SCCM. Have you tried PXE booting after deploying this TS to the unknown computer collection?


Otherwise you will have to log into the machine (if there is an OS on the unformatted HD??), put it on the domain, get the client onto it, isolate the system into a test collection and deploy your TS to this collection whilst the OS is live(staging).

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